On Wednesday 11 November Flames stars Carolyn Swords and Joslyn Tinkle joined Paramatta City Council and Womensport NSW in their Celebrating Girls in Sport Initiatve at Granville Youth and Community Recreation Centre. The program is in its fourth year and highlights the momentous role of sport in empowering young women. Discussing the local government initiative Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Paul Garrard commented, “The event showcases existing programs and services and educates girls about healthy and active lifestyles. It also provides networking and social opportunities for girls and young women through sport.”
Carolyn and Joslyn are a testament to the opportunities afforded by sport. From the United States, both Carolyn and Joslyn have made their mark in the WNBA (Carolyn with New York Liberty and Joslyn with Seattle Storm) before moving down under to join Australia’s very own National League with Brydens Sydney Uni Flames. Carolyn and Joslyn have each achieved great personal and professional success in sport, enabling them to provide meaningful insight to students on the benefits women’s involvement in sport.
The Celebrating Girls in Sport event opened with a panel discussion led by 2014 Australian Criterium champion Sarah Roy, Jocelyn Bartram from Hockey Australia’s development squad, Bianca Santi from Parramatta District Rugby League Referees Association, Libby Sadler and Maddy Collier from AFL NSW/ACT and Grace Hamilton from Australia’s National Women’s Rugby Union, the Wallaroos. A series of clinics were then held by the Parramatta Eels, Western Sydney Wanderers, AFL NSW/ACT, Cricket NSW and the Women’s National Basketball League’s Brydens Sydney Uni Flames. The Flames station saw Carolyn and Joslyn lead a group of young women in a variety of skill based drills and shooting exercises.
A special thanks to Parramatta City Council and Womensport NSW for organising the event, and continuing to champion programs that celebrate women in sport and encourage youth involvement.
On the other side of Sydney, Brydens Sydney Uni Flames welcomed the Sydney Kings and special guest former NBA and current Sydney Kings star Josh Chilldress to Brydens Stadium for an Indigenous Mentoring Clinic. Joined by Alex Wilson and Annobel Starr from the Flames, students from all across Sydney moved through four skill/fitness based stations before Josh spoke with the students about the importance of positive role models in empowering youth today. Josh spoke about his personal journey, citing the role of various mentors in providing valuable advice and information that helped him get to where he is today. He reminded students to never give up and that hard work will always pay off.
A big thank you to the Sydney Kings for a great afternoon. We look forward to working with you again!